The Skinheads movement began in Great Britain during the 1960's. It was
began by two movements.The first one was called the "Hard Mods". They
belonged to the Mods movement. This was strongly influenced by the
hippies. The main members of the Mods belonged to the ruling/middle
class youth and were mainly concerned with spiritual matters. They talked
about mystical experiences and peace.The other founder of the Skinheads
Movement were the Rudeboys who were Jamaican immigrants that met
them because they both lived in the working class' areas. So it was from
the beginning with anti-racist ideas and a movement of the proleterian
youth. There is no racist, nazi or fascist here.
Most male skinheads in the 1960s had their
hair cropped with a 2 or 3 grade.Starting in
the late 1970s, male skinheads typically
shaved their heads with a 2 grade.Since the
1980s, some skinheads have clipped their
hair with no guard, or even shaved it with a
During the 1980s skinhead revival, many
female skinheads had feathercuts.In the
1960s, most female skinheads had mod-style
haircuts.A feathercut is short on the crown,
with fringes at the front, back and sides. Some
female skinheads have a shorter punk-style
version of the hairstyle.
CLOTHESSkinheads have been known to wear long-sleeve or short-sleeve button-up
shirts or polo shirts by brands such as Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Brutus,
Warrior or Jaytex; Lonsdale or Everlast shirts or sweatshirts; Grandfather
shirts; V-neck sweaters; sleeveless sweaters; cardigan sweaters or T-
shirts.Many skinheads wear Sta-Prest flat-fronted slacks or other dress
trousers.Jeans and slacks are worn deliberately short to show off boots, or to
show off socks.Female skinheads generally wear the same clothing items as
men, with addition of skirts, stockings, or dress suits composed of a jacket and
matching short skirt. Some skingirls wear fishnet stockings and mini-skirts, a
style introduced during the punk-influenced.
Most skinheads wear boots; originally they wore army surplus or generic workboots, then
Dr. Martens boots and shoes. In 1960s Britain, steel-toe boots worn by skinheads and
hooligans were called bovver boots. Skinheads have also been known to wear brogues,
loafers or Dr. Martens low shoes.
In recent years, other brands of boots, such as Solovair, Tredair and Grinders, have
become popular among skinheads, partly because most Dr. Martens are no longer made
in England. Football-style athletic shoes, by brands such as Adidas or Gola, have
become popular with many skinheads. Female or child skinheads generally wear the
same footwear as men, with the addition of monkey boots. The traditional brand for
monkey boots was Grafters, but nowadays they are also made by Dr. Martens and
The skinhead subculture was originally associated with black popular music genres such
as soul, ska, rocksteady and early reggae.In the early 1970s, some reggae songs began
to feature themes of black nationalism, which many white skinheads could not relate to.
This shift in reggae's lyrical themes created some tension between black and white
skinheads.The most popular music style for late-1970s skinheads was 2 Tone, which was
a fusion of ska, rocksteady, reggae, pop and punk rock.Also in the late 1970s, after the
first wave of punk rock, many skinheads embraced Oi!, a working class punk
subgenre.they also developed a separate genre that was more in line with their politics:
Rock Against Communism (RAC).The most known RAC band was Skrewdriver, which
started out as a non-political punk band but evolved into a neo-Nazi band.
Bonehead or Neo-Nazis skinheads are a subgroup of the skinhead culture
with a propensity for committing acts of vandalism, violence, and murder
against targeted groups, including blacks, Jews, Asians, Hispanics,
homosexuals, and other minorities.